Sara Shepard has a new series hitting the shelves November 1! The Amateurs mixes Pretty Little Liars with Serial.
I have to admit, when I saw this pop up on NetGalley, I was a little unsure. But I figured, “What they hay?” and requested it. I’m still not completely sure…but I have to say, the ending surprised me enough to want me to read the second book.
What It’s About: The story focuses on a group of teens (age ranging from about 17 to 19) that come together to solve the mystery of Helena Kelly, a girl who went missing from the prominent town of Dexby, Connecticut, and showed up dead four weeks later.
The story focuses around the friendship of Seneca and Maddox, who met online on the forum, Case Not Closed, where amateur and armchair detectives try to solve cold cases. When spring break rolls around, Seneca decides to visit Maddy — who she thought was a girl — and try to solve the case. (Maddox lives in Dexby.) They are joined by Brett Grady, another member of the Case Not Closed File.
Together, they enlist the help of Aerin Kelly, Helena’s little sister, to find out what really happened to Helena.
How It’s Like PLL: It’s the classic Rich Girl/Boy town. Aerin is the quintessential “poor little rich girl” who’s trying to figure out who she is after the death of her sister five years earlier. Madison, Maddox’s half-sister, is also the classic Rich Girl stereotype.
How It’s Like Serial: They’re trying to solve a crime. (And in that way, it’s probably like PLL, too…)